Anna Nordqvist wins Evian Championship in playoff

18 September, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • Brittany Altomare of USA follows her ball after

The Swede mounted a Sunday charge with a five-under par, 66 to come from five-strokes back of Jutanugarn, the 36-hole leader, to force a playoff with Brittany Altomare.

Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn has been threatening to win her first LPGA Tour title for much of 2017 and tomorrow she has a chance to not only achieve that goal but for that first victory to be a major championship.

The tournament has been reduced to a three-round event after rain and strong winds caused the first round to be abandoned.

Second-round leader Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand and two-time major victor Lydia Ko of New Zealand fell out of the playoff by dropping shots on the 18th.

Ko's chances of ending her barren run this season took a hit when she bogeyed the first, but the former world No 1 replied with three straight birdies from the third and added another at the eighth.

Kirk will start the final round just two shots off the lead after shooting a two-under-par 69 second round on Saturday to get to seven under.

Uehara is also chasing her first LPGA Tour victory after three victories on the JLPGA Tour prior to joining the LPGA Tour in 2013.

Tied at nine-under par, the pair returned to the par four, 18 where Nordqvist defeated Altomare with a bogey in the pouring rain and hail to win the Evian Championship.

A nine-time victor on the LPGA tour, the Japanese star never claimed a major title.

Park fires 63 to lead Evian Championship
Jutanugarn in pole position for maiden win

Ariya, who missed the cut, walked with her sister for Sunday's round.

Anna Nordqvist has her redemption.

Jutanugarn's first-round 65 put the young Thai player in prime position to claim her first LPGA title.

With the win, Nordqvist, of Sweden, will take home $547,500.

Inevitably a question about the comparisons between her and Ariya came up during her post round press conference. Two holes later, play was stopped.

"I just felt like I wanted to go out there today and focus on what I could do", Nordqvist said, LPGA.com reported.

In search of a miracle eagle up the testing last hole, the 35-year-old played a stunning long approach inside 2m, then dropped a putt that forced a wry smile when she clearly thought of what might have been. She finished second last week at the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

"I love competing and I prove practicing, and staying in bed hasn't been the most exciting", she said.

"I think playing and having a good finish last week gave me good momentum coming into this week". "I just keep trying".


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